They're afraid the wells will run dry in southeast Caddo Parish. That's why most neighbors on Maggie Lane have signed two petitions, asking to be connected to Shreveport city water lines.
The advantages: two sources of water, water when electricity goes out, and an increase in property value
"We live in an area where there has been some houses that have went dry in the past like in 2011,” said Gary Holloway. “Just trying to make some arrangements where we don’t have that possibility here."
But not everyone agrees. The owners of eight out of ten lots would like to see the project move forward. However, the Enanis said their well works just fine. Since more than 60 percent of the property owners have signed and filed a petition with Shreveport and Caddo Commission, both have passed a resolution to look into the project.
Caddo Parish public works employees would build the line and the parish would assume 10 percent of the cost. The people living there would have to pay the rest. According to Caddo Parish Public Works Project Manager Ken Ward, the project is expected to cost no more than $80,000. Residents will have to pay between $4 to $18,000 each, depending on how much property they own abutting the street. If they use the city water, they’ll be charged double the rate of Shreveport citizens. If the project moves forward, Ward said these residents will have to pay the installation costs either up front or on a payment schedule or face a lien on their property. However, he said they do not actually have to use the Shreveport water and can opt to hook up to it later.
Also, in order for the city to approve the measure, the petitioners had to sign an agreement waiving their right to oppose annexation, if the city chose to do so in the future.
The next step is a hearing on March 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Shreveport City Hall. The Caddo Commission will hear any opposition to the project and then vote on an ordinance to start building the line.